Ryan Cook


GLENDALE, Ariz. -– With closer Sean Doolittle sidelined for the start of the regular season with a shoulder injury, the A’s need their other late-inning relievers to start rounding into form.


MESA, Ariz. -– Jeff Samardzija wore an A’s uniform for less than three months, but that was enough to make a lasting impression.


MESA, Ariz. –- The beginning of the Cactus League season Tuesday will usher in the A’s first encounter with Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules.


The A’s agreed to one-year contracts Friday with five players eligible for salary arbitration -- right fielder Josh Reddick, third baseman Brett Lawrie, reliever Ryan Cook and outfielders Sam Fuld